August 1, 2012
This is a very good series, very good, I approve.
One thing that is interesting is that this episode has more comedy than most episodes, which are usually drama with moments of comedy.
Whether that is a good thing is up to you.
July 28, 2012
The Milk Farm
In this episode of "The Goldbergs," Molly goes to a milk farm. This milk farm is not a place for processing milk from cows, but it is a place for women to lose weight. At first, Molly shows promising effort to lose weight, but she curbs her efforts by smuggling in meats. Molly fakes her dental problem to go out and buy food. When she returns to the milk farm, she shares her food with others and everyone including Molly gain weight. Molly is expelled for this. Feeling guilt and shame, Molly is comforted by her family.
“The Goldbergs” is a comedy-drama broadcast from 1929-1946 on American radio, and from 1949-1956 on American television. It was adapted into a 1948 play, “Me and Molly,” and a 1973 Broadway musical, “Molly.” This program started out as a radio broadcast through NBC and then moved to CBS from 1949-1951. Most episodes would run to about 30 minutes, but when it was radio broadcasted with NBC, episodes would run to about 15 minutes. The program’s title was originally titled “The Rise of the Goldbergs” when it was on radio through NBC, but when this program moved to CBS in 1949, they shortened the title to what it is now. This particular episode’s air date was August 19, 1956. From 1929 to 1931, “The Goldbergs” was a weekly daytime serial drama, but from 1931 to 1951, it became daily.
The program was devised by writer and actress Gertrude Berg in 1928 and sold to the NBC radio network the following year. It was a domestic comedy featuring the home life of a Jewish family in the Bronx. In addition to writing the scripts and directing each episode, Berg starred as bighearted, loving, and stereotypical mother, Molly Goldberg. The show began as a portrait of Jewish tenement life. The show later began to portray growing pains as the family moved into a more suburban setting. They also conveyed their struggles with assimilation while sustaining their roots.